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A Day of Antiquing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I needed to get out so I took a drive to Lancaster County, ask Pennsylvania to a town called Lititz. I remember my dear mother always talking about this quaint little town. She sold her quilts and dolls to a shop keeper there, ed and now that I think about it, treatment I remember going there with her. By the way, she is doing good. She is healthy and happy. Yesterday she turned 94.

There was a little antique show in Lititz yesterday. It was it’s 50th anniversary, very unusual for an antique show. I bought a fabulous very 19th century spice chest, could be late 18th century. It came out of a old Chester County farmhouse, and has been in the same family for several generations. Originally it had feet, but over the years someone has taken them off. The drawers are dovetailed and it is hand plained. There was a lock on the bottom drawer, but it is now missing.

I also purchased a child’s high chair from the early 1700′s, too came from the same family. Originally the seat was probably rush, but was replaced most likely in the late 1700′s with a piece of leather. I love it!

I have an a wonderful early bucket with pale yellow paint, might have been white originally, but oxidized to yellow. An old tread spool, early bees wax, tin horn, old leather books, one is a dictionary, hand made ladies stockings with initials and more. Hoping to photograph everything soon, and will have them on my website. If you have an interest in anything in the photo, don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll try to answer any questions you might have.

Take good care.


Special Issue Now Available of The Simple Life Magazine

Monday, June 25th, 2012

This is a wonderful, cialis special issue. It features 5 charming homes, cialis beautiful gardens and much more. I only have a few copies, site so don’t miss out on yours!


Thursday, June 14th, 2012

A friend invited me to go on an antiquing trip to Ohio recently. I thought it would be a good idea for me to get away for a few days. It was a hard thing to do, recipe but I did it. At the end of six days, it was time to drive home. There were so many rainclouds in the sky, and here and there the sun was peaking through.

My friend, Lynne, said, “look for a rainbow”, to which I replied, “oh, Lynne, I have not seen a rainbow for a few years, and when I do see one, it seems to disappear so quickly that I hardly had enough time to enjoy it.”

Less then ONE minute after I said that, a beautiful rainbow started appearing. We could not believe it. It was so beautiful and it made a huge arc across one side of the highway to the other. I grabbed my camera and started taking photos. As I was taking them, Lynne said, “wouldn’t it be great if we saw a double rainbow.” I have never in my life seen a double one, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when soon after she said that, a double rainbow appeared!

It is said that rainbows occur when it is raining and the sun is shining simultaneously. These lasted for almost ONE HOUR!!

It is also said that rainbows are God’s promise. Genesis 9

My photos do not do them justice. The colors were so vivid and it was huge.

By this time we had arrived at our hotel, and as we walked inside , I turned to get one last look, and when I did, it had already started to fade away.

I choose to believe it was a gift from my son, in fact, I am sure of it.


Pantry Boxes

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Colonial women fought an ongoing battle to keep bugs and mice away from dry staples until the introduction of covered stoneware crocks and wood pantry boxes. Did you know that American factories began producing wood pantry boxes in the late 18th century? Some were simply varnished, diagnosis but many were painted in pretty colors that brightened dark keeping rooms when stacked floor to ceiling.

This beauty will be for sale on my website, health along with other treasures found on my latest New England buying trip. Paint is original and there are no cracks or breaks. It is a real beauty. If you have any questions, online please do not hesitate to email me.


A Beautiful 18th Century Home

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

I left last Thursday morning to meet my friend Lynne Oppenheimer. Together we set out on a New England buying trip. We were excited and couldn’t wait to get going. The weather was dreary, pills it rained all the way up, prostate but that didn’t spoil our excitement, ask or the anticipation of finding some   wonderful items for our customers.

We passed so many wonderful early homes along the way.

This beautiful 18th century home was for sale, AND it was vacant! Oh, boy, gotta see inside!! We pulled over to get a closer look.

When we pulled into the driveway we noticed a stone marker under a tree.  At first we thought it was a tombstone, but when we got a closer look we thought it might be a street marker.

What a wonderful house, but oh, it needed tender loving care, someone that could would love it, and appreciate it for what it was.  When we peaked inside we were so disappointed, most of it’s original charm was gone.

I loved the Dutch door, and look at that gorgeous bullseye glass!!

It was time to go. We were on a mission!

I have lots more to show and tell, so be sure to come back. Now I need to photograph some of my treasures to get them ready to put on my website.



Flax Braid from Historic Kaufman Farm Circa 1727

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I purchased this large flax braid with 5 pigtails from a gal I have known for many years. She is an expert in early textiles, for sale and anything to do with fabrics. This flax braid is from her private collection. She told me it’s the last one she has. I couldn’t resist buying it. I thought it was wonderful. You don’t often find them this large. I’ll be offering it on my website this evening.

What is so interesting about this flax braid is it’s history. It comes from a town called Oley, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I have heard of Oley, but didn’t know that much about it, so I did a bit of research and this is what I found.

Oley is in southeastern, PA. It’s about 10 miles east of the city of Reading, PA. It was first settled in 1712. The name Oley appeared in the land warrant issued to Isaac DeTurck. The name is attributed to the Lenni Lenape, native Americans who called the region Olink, which means a hollow or kettle. It comprises most of the Oley Valley, almost entirely surrounded by hills, with the rest of the world shut out. The township covers an area of 15,065 acres of some of the best agricultural farmland in the country. About 80% of the land is farmland. Throughout the township, defining it’s character, are buildings dating from the mid 18th, to the late 19th centuries. There are over 160 farms dating within the period of 1740-1880, and 3 VERY SPECIAL FARMS have been in the same families for over 250 years. This flax braid is from one of these old farms, THE KAUFFMAN FARM, since 1727.

What I find so interesting about this particular bunch of braids is that some of them have flattened and hardened on the back. They must have been stored in the same place for a very very long time. Who knows, maybe 200 years. If you look at this photo closely, you can see horizontal lines, most likely the imprint of whatever it was resting on while stored away. I wished I asked her if she knew more about the farm and how she came to purchase this flax. Next time I see her I am going to do that.


It’s sunny and 71 degrees here in Wilmington, Delaware


A Rare Rye Basket

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Last week I went to the antique show held in Elverson, generic Pennsylvania. I have attended this show for the past 25 years. It is still a great show with lots of wonderful things. I was excited to find this 19th century rye Easter basket, something that is very uncommon and extremely collectable.

Rye straw baskets were made almost exclusively in Pennsylvania, many brought here by the Germans that settled in Pennsylvania in the early 18th century. When I saw this basket I remembered seeing one in a book I have entitled “Willow, Oak, and Rye” by Jeanette Lazansky. This type of basket would be referred to as an openwork rye basket. Openwork rye baskets were made for special occasions, or just for their sheer beauty. The is the reason why they are so uncommon today. The one I bought is almost identical to the one pictured in a book called “Willow, Oak & Rye” by Jeanette Lasansky, published in 1979.

Certain shaped rye baskets were made for the use in making bread, as shown in this picture below, and many others were used around the house for storage, etc. As a group, rye coiled baskets were discontinued as a basket type earlier then any other basket types. Their demise was caused mostly because of the changes in methods of bread making.

Today these wonderful early utilitarian baskets are sought after by basket collectors.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these baskets today. There is a lot more to tell, and maybe soon I will tell you more about them. I love baskets of all kinds, but I have to say that my favorite is the rye basket.

Look for lots of new item on my website today.



The Ice House Antique Show

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

My friend, sick Lynne, invited me to go to a antique show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I like going with her and help her set up for the show, and do a little shopping for my website store, Carole’s Country Store. We left early Friday morning. The antique show was held at The Charles A. Brown Ice House. It took us all day to get everything set up. It’s a lot of hard work, but for most dealers it’s a labor of love. It was nice afterwards to go out for dinner and relax, before the show on Saturday.

The show started at 9 a.m., and soon customers began to arrive.

Lots of wonderful primitives were for sale and people were doing a lot of buying, a good sign that the economy is slowing coming back.

One of the most interesting items I saw were these early tin shoes.

They were not made to be actually worn, whimsical objects like these were given as a gift for a couple’s 10th wedding anniversary. These gifts were always made of tin, since tin is normally given on the 10th wedding anniversary, and they were always whimsical. Today they are rare, and very collectable pieces of folk art. This top hat is another example of anniversary tin.

The show was successful. Most of the dealers were pleased. It was a fun weekend, and I was happy to come home with lots of wonderful antiques for my store website. This week I’ll be photographing everything, getting them ready to put on my website. Be sure to stop by and see what I have for sale.



Antiquing This Weekend

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

For the past couple of days we have had a lot of heavy rain. This morning is foggy, malady but the sun is beginning to shine through. The birds are chirping, and it’s beginning to sound like Spring. I can not wait to get outside again and feel the warm sunshine!

Tomorrow I will be going away for the weekend with my friend, Lynne. We’ll be antiquing in Western Pennsylvania. I am excited to go, and hoping to find a lot of wonderful items for my store.

I will be bringing my iPhone with me and my camera and I’ll try to take a lot of photos, and maybe a video. I am going to figure out how to embed it into my blog very soon.

I guess you are wondering what this photo has to do with my upcoming weekend. Well, really nothing, but I just had to show you this gorgeous penny rug I received yesterday from Kim Klingaman, a talented artisan in my American Artisan Store. I think it is just wonderful. The colors are amazing, but my camera is having a hard time picking up it’s true color.This bottom photo is closer to the background color, but it’s darker in person.

I have a lot to do today in anticipation of my trip. Be sure to come back on Monday, I’ll tell you all about my adventure.

Happy Day!

Think Spring


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

When I was about 10 years old my dad bought 200 acres of land from a farmer in Rising Sun, doctor Maryland. The town Rising Sun was located in the disputed “Nottingham Lots” along the border between colonial Pennsylvania, for sale  and Maryland, in the early 18th century. This area was claimed by William Penn, and settled by the Quakers in 1702, over the objection of Maryland. When Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon conducted a survey of the order in the 1760s, Rising Sun was found to be located in Maryland, not Pennsylvania.

My mother and dad loved going, it was a great getaway for them, but my brother and I never wanted to go. We were kids, and just wanted to be with our friends. My mother suggested inviting a friend to come along, so that’s what I did. Better!

There was a beautiful creek that ran through the property. We loved walking on the rocks. My dad had a log cabin built, and I remember the fun my mother had furnishing it, making curtains and filling her cupboard with treasures. There was a huge pond and we loved going swimming. Then one day my dad bought me my own horse, and my little brother, a pony. It was a dream come true! I spent most of my day riding and taking care of my horse. He became my best friend. I loved him so much.

There was an old barn too. Inside was a red jeep. I can remember my dad driving it, as my mother, grandmother and aunt held onto the sides as we bounced around laughing and sometimes singing, as we drove over hill and dale. That was a long long time ago, and it’s nice to think about those times again. So, thank you TJ and Barbara for asking me to write about my horse. It was fun reliving those memories, and looking at old photos again. I wish my dad was still alive so that I could tell him how much I appreciated all that he did for us. Maybe I did, and just don’t remember.